Kimberley Guilmette lives with her husband and a giant fuzzy Bouvier pup named Ferris in a small town in Ontario, Canada.

Q: Kimberley, give us a day in your life! When do you create? What else fills your days?

A: I live in a small town and I’m an early riser and I like to get my morning run in before the neighborhood wakes up. We bought a 149 year-old home 5 years ago, and we’ve been renovating ever since. It’s basically been a full time job, but we’re almost done now! I enjoy gardening, cycling and time on my motorcycle. I also found time in there to raise our Bouvier puppy, Ferris. I am most creative in the evenings and at night, especially if I’m working on a painting (always with music on)!

Q: How did your creative journey start?

A: As long as I can remember, I’ve always had a crayon or pencil in my hand! It was literally, my escape as a child and I spent many hours in my room listening to music and drawing or painting to get away from the chaos of my childhood. I drew on anything and everything and all the margins in my notebooks in school were covered in doodles. I have always loved the smell of markers and crayons, and often say that’s the reason I kept drawing!

As a kid, I do remember I loved to copy the Peanuts cartoons, and I used to draw a lot of hockey players & goalie masks. When I received paint-by-number sets as gifts from anyone, I always painted my own pictures over top of them, not the official patterns or images, much to the horror of the gift giver, I’m sure!

Q: What has your creative practice taught you?

A: It has taught me to do what I love, as it’s the only thing that makes me feel alive, and not in constant worry of what anyone else thinks! It’s taught me patience, and to see the beauty in the simple things in life. It has also taught me to keep learning, and to keep challenging myself. I didn’t draw anything for over a decade, because I thought I wasn’t “good enough” or that it didn’t matter; now, I’m making up for lost time.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to a brand new artist or someone who’s just recently joined Sketchbook Skool, what would it be?

A: Draw what you love, draw as often as you can. Try lots of different mediums, and techniques; take as many classes as you can, and watch the SBS youtube videos; just experiment. Find what brings you joy, and do that!

Kimberley has found pure joy in making art again and shown us that the key to sticking with something like a creative habit is doing something you truly love.

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